St. Gregory’s welcomes new students at move-in day
With a flurry of boxes, backpacks and books, St. Gregory’s University welcomed a new class of freshmen and transfer students as they moved into the University’s residence halls on Friday.
Jake Henderson, an incoming freshman from Atlanta, Georgia, said the opportunity to be a part of a new athletic program, as well as the personal attention from faculty, was what made him choose to attend St. Gregory’s.
“I’m excited to come to St. Gregory’s to be a part of the inaugural lacrosse team, and I’m excited to come to a university where I can be close to my professors,” Henderson said.
Transfer student Grace Ferry from Fredericksburg, Virginia said when she visited St. Gregory’s, the feeling was right.
“I felt drawn to it when I was on campus,” Ferry explained. “It was the only one that made me feel that way.”
New students were greeted by upper-class students and offered a helping hand as they moved into their new college home. Senior Amy Herrada from Oklahoma City has been helping with move-in and orientation since her sophomore year.
“I help because I was helped a lot when I was a freshman, and I wanted to pay it forward,” Herrada said. “I also saw many of the students through my work as an ambassador, and I wanted to be a familiar face.”
Emily Grygier, a senior from Houston, Texas, has also been helping with move-in since her sophomore year and enjoys the opportunity to meet new students.
“It’s really nice to meet all the freshman when they get here, and to see all the familiar faces through the school year,” she said.
Freshmen and transfer students settle in quickly, as move-in day is the kick off to New Student Orientation weekend. With activities such as a campus-wide amazing race, bon fire and inflatables, students have the opportunity to connect with their future classmates, as well as learn more about the St. Gregory’s community.
New Student Orientation also signifies the kick-off to the 2014-2015 academic year, with fall classes beginning on Monday.